Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson


by - Assoc. Editor -
Discuss on the Football Message Board   Print   | TigerNetcom Facebook ClemsonTigerNet Twitter TigerNet RSS Feed
Saban on the sidelines during Clemson's 44-16 title win
Saban on the sidelines during Clemson's 44-16 title win

Alabama players and national media are still dumbfounded how Clemson won 44-16 over the Crimson Tide in the latest College Football Playoff National Championship.

Nick Saban held his National Signing Day press conference Wednesday and addressed how his team lost their 'Alabama factor' during the title game.

Seriously, that's what they call it.

"We kind of have the ‘Alabama factor’ around here," he said. "That has always helped us be successful. That’s having a team that plays with a lot of discipline, that’s having a team that everybody is sort of responsible and accountable to do their job at a high level and a standard and everybody puts the team first. All right? So that’s the standard, and it’s up to the individual players on the team to do that.

"And if I thought that we weren’t doing that in one game or ten games, I would address it with the players and make sure that everybody was on board with those principles and values that’s helped us be successful. I don’t think we played in that game with the Alabama factor. So everybody needs to understand that and respond to it."

Saban thinks some of the players were playing for themselves and not for the team against Clemson.

"If you lose your humility, it sort of creates the thinking; I am above doing things the way I need to do them to prepare for a game and go play in a game against good competition. And if I put my own agenda ahead of the team or winning, it’s going to have some effect on my performance," he said. "So if I think those things are existing in the program, I think that they need to be addressed, and they have been."

The more straightforward answer by Saban would have been that the better team won and he got out-coached during the game.


Comment on this story

Former Clemson RB signs with Bucs
Former Clemson RB signs with Bucs
WATCH: Brad Brownell on loss to FSU
WATCH: Brad Brownell on loss to FSU
Clemson, Georgia lead pre-spring top-25
Clemson, Georgia lead pre-spring top-25
Clemson Wednesday baseball game postponed
Clemson Wednesday baseball game postponed
Send Feedback to Tony Crumpton: Email | Comment
Discuss on the Football Message Board   Print   | TigerNetcom Facebook ClemsonTigerNet Twitter TigerNet RSS Feed
Post your comments!
Subject (Replies: 95) Author
spacer TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
TigerNet News
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
Tigernewt
spacer Soooooo ....,
HopefulTiger®
spacer Re: Soooooo ....,
ddclemson
spacer Re: Soooooo ....,
Rswanson
spacer Re: Soooooo ....,
catfan®
spacer Re: Soooooo ....,
Gridfan
spacer Re: Soooooo ....,
Mademik
spacer Re: Soooooo ....,
Mademik
spacer Re: Soooooo ....,
LWT
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
CivildocTiger
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
u2mfl
spacer I need some waders...
franc1968®
spacer ^^^New phone, who dis?***
GWPTiger®
spacer dang man!! Where have you been?***
MyfavOrange®
spacer Yes - where have you been franc? ....
HopefulTiger®
spacer Sounds like Nikki is getting tired.
Fordtunate Son
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
ZeeGantt®
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
TigerLinks
spacer Tool.***
ColaTownTiger
spacer Tiny little salty man***
gtriple®
spacer Very unseemly for a leader to nudge everyone under the bus
Fordtunate Son
spacer "IT'S NOT MY FAULT, IT'S THE PLAYER'S FAULT!"
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer Re: "IT'S NOT MY FAULT, IT'S THE PLAYER'S FAULT!"
courtenayflash
spacer Re: "IT'S NOT MY FAULT, IT'S THE PLAYER'S FAULT!"
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Re: "IT'S NOT MY FAULT, IT'S THE PLAYER'S FAULT!"
courtenayflash
spacer I think what Alabama coaches and players are failing to
GWPTiger®
spacer Clemson has the better program.***
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer How so? Looking at this objectively, Clemson has an
GWPTiger®
spacer Thanks for not hitting me with my own purse.
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer So...your answer is "because our QB coach said so?"***
GWPTiger®
spacer No, honey.
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer Re: How so? Looking at this objectively, Clemson has an
Eagle03®
spacer Not only did we have the best team this year, we
GWPTiger®
spacer Will you believe we are the better program after...
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer Yes, if that happens I will believe it 110%***
GWPTiger®
spacer I said program, not team.
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer Re: How so? Looking at this objectively, Clemson has an
123me
spacer K***
GWPTiger®
spacer I agree with everything you are saying, but the perfect game
CM Shack
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
Lexguy2003
spacer Well if the "Alabama factor" = "swag" then yes, they lost it
ATL PAW MAN®
spacer Re: Well if the "Alabama factor" = "swag" then yes, they lost it
2000®
spacer Re: Well if the "Alabama factor" = "swag" then yes, they lost it
dgcannon39
spacer Dabo needs to get full credit for strategic genius.
Fordtunate Son
spacer I believe Saban saw the future when he faced Manziel.
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer Well, Manziel did NOT get him ready for Trevor, 2 completely
tigeron®
spacer Re: Dabo needs to get full credit for strategic genius.
clemson2003
spacer Re: Dabo needs to get full credit for strategic genius.
courtenayflash
spacer Throwing players under the bus
Reckless96
spacer I don't see anything wrong with what he said***
TigersAndCubs
spacer Re: I don't see anything wrong with what he said***
TwoNats®
spacer “We have to do a better job as coaches.” answer 30 years ago
apextiger®
spacer Nick Saban lost his own 'Alabama factor'
TigerinCarolina
spacer The Panic Factor
grandsonoftherock
spacer Bama just wasn't good enough
TigerzzRoar®
spacer At halftime Saban said 'Clemson ran some copycat plays...
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer I didn't watch his presser but based on this excerpt I don't see
TigersAndCubs
spacer He's given different explanations at different times.
ClemsonTiger1988®
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
Orange007
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
rhettfla
spacer Sounds like a leadership problem
8992Tiger
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
9 Lives
spacer We need to start calling Alabama the Swimsuit Models,
76er®
spacer For Bama fans, players and coaches...
BigCUFan®
spacer it is perfectly fine with me . . .
Skeeta56®
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
Tigerdug23®
spacer Buggs definitely threw in the towel in the 4th***
THS Athlete 50®
spacer Re: Buggs definitely threw in the towel in the 4th***
jeancooper®
spacer Conditioning... They try to out-muscle everybody early...
SOLOS®
spacer Alabama excuse factorY.***
TigerCook®
spacer I think he meant to say...
Cdixon11
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
Tigersdomination
spacer Nicky, you didn't lose your "" Bama" factor.
Razorpaws
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
Thoughtful
spacer Different day... Another Excuse...
GSCtiger
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
rhettfla
spacer FIRST DOWN ON 4 WITH 49 SECONDS LEFT, AFTER THAT
tigeron®
spacer 1 to the 5... 94 yards and an absolute statement...***
SOLOS®
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
AfricanTiger
spacer Everybody is intimidated by Alabama and Clemson is NOT!
Marsee187
spacer Sounds like he is mentally fatigued.***
91grad
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
TigerDadfromNJ
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
TigerDadfromNJ
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
TigerDadfromNJ
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
mikebmike
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
yubyub
spacer Doc filter
Dr. Nikola Tesla
spacer B!tch,...please. Dabo forwarding your tickets to Elba...***
SOLOS®
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
orangecoloredglasses®
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
msteelyr
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
TAFC_5_81
spacer Or to be fair, they had the "Alabama factor" beat right out
Felix2
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
ClemWatson
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
TahoeTiger
spacer Re: TNET: Nick Saban explains his team losing the 'Alabama factor' in loss to Clemson
Nick16
Sign Up for E-Mail News Alerts
Features
Breaking
Daily Digest